biocultural evolution

Rob Quinlan (C611417@MIZZOU1.MISSOURI.EDU)
Wed, 20 Sep 1995 13:37:22 CDT

I wonder if Dave Rindos might be willing to elaborate on his
most recent posting.

Specifically, how would a notion of selection within "symbolic"
environments help us in understanding power relationships?
Wouldn't the nature of power relationships suggest that the
usage of cultural beliefs and practices be tied to strategies
of individual fitness (genetic fitness) maximization?

Second, how does a realization that genes interact to produce
traits (adaptive or otherwise) allow us to treat the units
(or whatever) of cultural transmission as a "black box"?

Third, how is that we can think of cultural processes in their
OWN terms without reference to the nature of cultural animals
who are the originators of cultural processes?

Have I completely missed your point(s)?

Rob Quinlan